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Captains end home stand with a thud, losing 15-7 
         BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
Tuesday afternoon was the final game of an eight-game home stand for the Lake County Captains as they took on the West Michigan Whitecaps in the finale of their five-game series. Heading into the game the Captains were 1-6 on the current during the home stand. The results were the same as six of the first seven games as the Whitecaps belted the Captains 15-7 in front of the 2,109 fans at Classic Park.

Once again, the Captains fell behind early. West Michigan scored two runs in the first inning off Captains starter Luis Jimenez.

Things got worse for Jimenez in the second inning as he did not survive the inning, allowing five more runs and recording only one out before being yanked by Captains manager Larry Day. Alsis Herrera replaced Jimenez and allowed a run in the inning before it mercifully ended with the Whitecaps leading 8-1.

The Captains struck right back in the bottom of the third with three runs off Whitecaps starter Spenser Watkins. The inning began with a with Watkins issuing a base on balls to Luke Wakamatsu. Conner Capel then singled and moved Wakamatsu to third base. Li-Jen Chu followed with a double to the gap and Wakamatsu and Capel scored, pulling the Captains to within five at 8-3. Michael Tinsley followed Chu with another double scoring Chu and cutting the Whitecaps lead to 8-4.

The horror continued in the top of the fourth for the Captains and their fans as the Whitecaps put five more runs on the board to extend their lead to 13-4.

One positive in the game for the Captains was Mitch Longo. Longo, singled in the first inning to extend his on base streak to 37 games. He went two for four in the game and is now hitting .366.

Jimenez, took the loss for Lake County, his work was short and not very good as he lasted the previously mentioned 1 and one third innings allowing seven runs on six hits and two base on balls and struck out three. With the loss Jimenez falls to 2-6 with a 5.79 ERA. Watkins picked up the win for the Whitecaps. Watkins, went five innings allowing four runs, three earned on five hits. He issued one base on balls and struck out three. With the win, he improves to 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA.

In the eight-game home stand the Captains were out scored 70-33.

The Captains have an off day on Wednesday and then begin a two city eight game road trip on Thursday. The first stop will be in Lansing against the Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The Captains will send lefty Brady Aiken to the hill. Aiken is 4-12 with a 5.06 ERA. Right-hander Kyle Weatherly will be on the mound for the Lugnuts. Weatherly is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA..  
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​POSTED 08/08/2017 15:17

Captains right fielder Mitch Longo.                                            Photo by Phillip Goth